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Philip Clarke
Limelight, January 2016

Saariaho clearly worships the voice of Karen Vourc’h and takes full advantage of the singer’s capacity to hit stratospheric notes out of nowhere as inventive lines drip with erotic ecstasy. © 2016 Limelight Magazine Read complete review

Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, September 2015

…the vocal line is sinuous, subtle, and hypnotic; it embraces the text and irradiates it. Mattila may have been the artist that Saariaho had in mind when writing this music, but French soprano Karen Vourc’h, with a voice both warm and luminous, has made it her own as well, and her shaping of that line, enunciation of the text, and inhabitation of the characters is masterly. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, July 2015

Saariaho’s language is in typical Scandinavian miserablist style, dizzy and hallucinatory, and requires the utmost concentration from the soloist, which the superb Ms. Vourc’h offers in spades. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, May 2015

…Vourc’h creates some very interesting effects with her soft high range, which she can color in a variety of ways. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Ralph Graves
WTJU, April 2015

[Karen Vourc’h’s] delivery of Émilie’s inner thoughts is both thrilling and disturbing. If you want an authentic representation of a soul in crises, Émilie Suite delivers.

Marko Letonja leads the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra in sensitive and sure-footed performances of these works. Saariaho’s music is all about the details, and Letonja and the SPO conjure up her delicate soundscapes seemingly at ease. An important addition to Saariaho’s discography. © 2015 WTJU Read complete review

Guy Rickards
Gramophone, April 2015

…the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra…play with unusual fervour and refinement, relishing Saariaho’s at times opulent sound world. This is manifest also in their vibrant performance of the string-orchestral Terra memoria… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Stephen Barber
MusicWeb International, March 2015

The orchestral playing under Marko Letonja is assured and Karen Vourc’h performs both vocal works with eloquence. The recording is full and rich… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert E. Benson, February 2015

[Karen Vourc’h]…manages the difficult intervals and wide range of this music admirably. This is challenging music for most listeners, and it has been recorded in excellent sound. © 2015 Read complete review

Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), January 2015

[Karen Vourc’h]…rises to the musical and dramatic challenges of both the Instants and the Suite with aplomb. Behind her, the orchestra roils with dark harmonies, creating an unsettling sound-world that showcases the shadowier depths of Saariaho’s mastery. © 2015 WQXR (New York) Read complete review

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